NOVA Southeastern Softball

Coaching Staff

 

Julie LeMaire
Head Coach


During just her second year at the helm, the Sharks dramatically improved their overall season record from 12-39 in 2016 to 27-24 in 2017. Notable NFCA Top-25 wins for LeMaire and the Sharks came when NSU split a twinbill with No. 23 Alabama Huntsville and a home series 2-1 victory against SSC foe No. 8 Saint Leo.

 
Picked to finish last in the SSC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll, the Sharks ended their 2017 campaign with a 15-9 conference record and a third place finish. In 2016, the Sharks went 2-22 against SSC league opponents, losing all eight conference series of the season, being completely swept in six of the eight. In 2017 conference play, the Sharks won five of the eight conference series, including two sweeps.

The Sharks saw two players earn All-SSC recognition as Dana Edmundson was named an All-SSC First Team outfielder and Dakota Villella grabbed a spot on the All-SSC Second Team as a second baseman. Edmundson also went on to earn a spot on the D2CCA All-South Region Second Team.

In the fall of 2015, LeMaire became just the third head coach in NSU's program history, joining the NSU coaching staff after a successful four-year stint at Emporia State (Kansas). As one of the most successful Division II softball teams in the country, she guided the Hornets to a 164-65 record and three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances since taking over the program in 2012. In eight seasons as a head coach, LeMaire has compiled an impressive career record of 268-180 and a career .598 winning percentage.   

In four years with the Hornets, LeMaire coached over 50 All-MIAA performers, one MIAA Player of the Year, two MIAA Defensive Players of the Year, two MIAA Freshmen of the year, 13 NFCA All-Region and 13 Daktronics All-Region performers, and three NFCA and three Daktronics All-Americans. In 2014, the Hornets posted their best record at 49-14 under LeMaire, winning their eighth straight MIAA regular season championship and earning their 11th straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The season's success also gave LeMaire her second MIAA Coach of the Year award.

In LeMaire's first season with the Hornets, she made MIAA history by guiding Emporia State to a perfect 20-0 conference record, and a 3-0 mark in the MIAA tournament, becoming the first team in conference history to go undefeated through a complete round robin schedule. She also had 10 Hornet student-athletes named to the All-MIAA team in addition to having Stephanie Goodwin earn MIAA Freshman of the Year honors. En route to a 42-11 season record, LeMaire earned MIAA Coach of the Year honors in her first year.  

Prior to her stint at Emporia State, LeMaire spent three seasons at fellow MIAA member Fort Hays State. In just three seasons, she led the Tigers to a 92-76 overall record. By her last season in 2011, she had led the program to their first-ever MIAA Tournament Championship game appearance, while the team received votes in the NFCA (National Fast Pitch Coaches Association) national poll for the first time in school history.  During her tenure with FHSU, the program set five offensive program records, three pitching program records and two defensive program records in route to three consecutive 30-plus wins seasons, also a program record.

Before taking on the head coaching role at Fort Hays State, LeMaire spent two seasons at fellow Sunshine State Conference member Lynn University as the assistant coach. She worked primarily with the pitching staff, outfielders and hitters. In two seasons working with the Fighting Knights pitching staff, she managed to helped drop the team ERA from 5.83 in 2007 to 2.69 in just one year.

LeMaire also served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06. While with the Fighting Sioux, she took part in recruiting and coaching All-American outfielder Casie Hanson, who would become the first player in UND history to win the NCC Freshman of the Year award. She also worked with standout pitcher Tara Petersen who became the UND all-time leader in most every pitching category and finished in the top 10 in NCAA Division II in career strikeouts.

LeMaire had a four-year playing career as both a pitcher and outfielder at NCAA Division II Quincy (Illinois). As a senior, she was named the team's Most Valuable Player and set both single season and career records in home runs. She was also a Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region and All-Great Lakes Conference selection, as well as the recipient of Quincey's Brother Clete Van Ackeren Award for Academic and Athletic Achievement in 2004.

A native of Basco, Illinois, LeMaire earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Quincy University in 2004 and a master's degree in kinesiology from the University of North Dakota in 2007.
 

Taylore Fuller
Assistant Coach

Taylore Fuller enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Nova Southeastern softball program. 

After a stellar collegiate career with the Florida Gators and two summers in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) for the Scrapyard Dawgs and Chicago Bandits, respectively, Fuller spent one season at UMBC as an assistant coach.
 
A native of Trenton, Fla., Fuller joined the University of Florida softball team in the fall of 2012. While there, she was a four year starter who helped lead the Gators' program to consecutive Women's College World Series titles in 2014 and 2015. Showing her true versatility as an all-around athlete, she played in 231 games with 198 starts during her time at UF, and played every position except pitcher, second base, and center field.
 
Fuller was a three-time SEC regular season champion and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection (2015, 2016). She ended her career at Florida with 36 homeruns (T-7th in program history), eight grand slams (2nd in program history) and 49 HBP (2nd in program history). Additionally, she ended with an on base percentage of .399, slugging percentage of .477, 141 RBI and a career batting average of .244.
 
Fuller was drafted 34th overall in the 2016 NPF Draft by the ScrapYard Dawgs where she started in 40 games during her rookie season as Monica Abbott's primary catcher, hitting five homeruns (4th highest on the team), 11 RBI and drawing 21 walks. She played her second professional season with the Chicago Bandits where she had a .286 slugging percentage and a .293 on base percentage.